Crews respond to chicken farm fire in Davidson Co.

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- It was one close call for one farmer in southern Davidson County.

Wednesday evening one of the eight chicken houses on Big A Farms caught on fire.

“I came down and saw the ceiling falling and the fire coming down,” said farmer Chris Aldridge.

Normally there are 25,000 chickens inside the house. Thankfully, the house was empty. The chickens were just sold last week.

“If this would’ve happened with birds, we probably would’ve lost a lot of birds,” Aldridge said.

The timing of selling the chickens wasn’t the only thing on this farmer’s side.

“I’m glad it didn’t happen in the middle of the night because the house would’ve gone to the ground. If I wouldn’t have been home in daylight I wouldn’t have been down here, because no, birds no one comes down,” says Aldridge.

The upcoming week will be a busy one trying to get the house cleaned up and ready for next week’s arrival of chickens, but for tonight this farmer is just focused on being thankful.

“It’s my livelihood. If I didn’t have chickens I wouldn’t be where I’m at today,” Aldridge said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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